DULUTH -- The Duluth Police Department's hopes of breezing through 2011 without a homicide case crashed Thursday morning.
About 7 a.m., a Bank of America patron using an ATM spotted an injured man in the parking lot of an Aldi at 2618 Pleasant Hill Road and called police.
EMS personnel found that the victim had apparently been stabbed and was bleeding heavily. He died either en route to, or shortly after arriving at, Gwinnett Medical Center-Duluth, said Duluth police spokesman Maj. Don Woodruff.
Police withheld the man's identity because his kin had not been notified. He's described as an Asian male about 30 years old.
Investigators were busy Thursday afternoon pulling surveillance footage from other businesses in the area.
"We're trying to (find) witnesses," Woodruff said. "Somebody may have driven by and seen something and didn't realize at the time what was going on."
Woodruff wasn't sure where the man was physically stabbed, or whether he was able to provide information to authorities before he died.
"They were talking to him," Woodruff said. "If he said anything, I really don't know yet."
No information on suspects or a motive was available. The Aldi was closed at the time. No one answered a reporter's call to the business Thursday afternoon.
Woodruff said the killing is incorporated Duluth's first in about 18 months.
"We thought we'd get through this year without one, but that's not the case," he said.
Police urge witnesses or anyone who may have information on the killing to call the Duluth Police Department at 770-476-4151 and ask for Capt. Mark Hunter.